NEWTON, NJ—Branchville residents are facing heroin related charges after a traffic stop on Main Street. Ptl. Edward Sperling stopped motorist Tina Mahboub, around 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, February 17 for speeding, police report.  

When speaking with the 38-year-old driver and passenger Felix Torres, 32,  the officer smelled marijuana.  Sperling searched the car and found heroin and marijuana, police report.

Mahboub and Torres were charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle with intent to distribute- 331 bags, possession of a controlled dangerous substance  with intent to distribute, possession of controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute within 100 feet of a school zone, possession of controlled dangerous substance and possession of marijuana.

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Mahboub was also issued summonses for speeding, improper plates, view obstruction, and Possession of CDS in Motor Vehicle.

According to police, Both Mahboub and Torres were lodged in the Sussex County jail for the above offenses. 

 The Newton Police Department Investigating Officers were Ptl. Edward Sperling, Ptl. Mahir Kaylani, Ptl. Michael Wolanski and they were assisted by Detective Justin McCann with K-9 “Roxi” of the Sussex County Sheriff’s Department.